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[–] PIK-SHOE 0 points 68 points (+68|-0) ago 

See: Europe

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[–] 1rash 1 points 15 points (+16|-1) ago 

See: the rest of the world

FTFY

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[–] PIK-SHOE 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

True, very true. Just that France came to mind because, you know, restaurants.

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[–] Chamois74 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

What do you mean? In europe, servers don't make 15€/h, it's just tipping is not as engrained in our society as it is in the US.

(If I completely misunderstood your comment, then sorry)

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[–] PIK-SHOE 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

First of all, €15 ≠ $15. Right now it's pretty close, but for as long as I can remember the Euro has been worth more (up to $1.5 to the Euro). Right now $15 is about €13.5.

Secondly, from what I know, waiters/waitresses in Europe make at least enough to live. In the US, they don't. Servers in the US literally live from what customers tip them, because they get paid so little.

Europe's a big place, though, I'm sure it differs somewhat by region.

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[–] aileron_ron 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

In munchen the minimum wage is 8.50 euros ($11.75) and in the food service industry the tip is not given.

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[–] PIK-SHOE 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

US federal minimum wage is $7.25 (€6.60) per hour. The average wage without tips for a waiter is $4.90 (€4.46). That's just over half of the minimum wage you cited, and waiters rely on tips for the rest, which is counted as part of their wage even though it really isn't.

I have no idea how this is legal, but it's a shitty situation in which customers have to pay extra so that servers can survive. Meanwhile, employers walk away with more than their fair share. A horrible and corrupt system that nobody seems to give a shit about.

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[–] Elys 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Tipping is still a thing in Germany, at least. They just automatically include it in the bill.

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[–] PIK-SHOE 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

That's not really tipping then, is it? The whole idea of tipping is that it's optional - even in the US, though everyone does it because they feel obligated. Including it in the bill automatically just means that everything is secretly more expensive than advertised. Motherfuckers...

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[–] MeNoWanna 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

That's more like a service charge, the idea of tipping is you give a certain percentage to the waiter/waitress based on their service which usually is 5-20% of the total bill.